Monthly Reflections – May 2018 – ‘I am not ashamed’

Following Jesus in my life has been the most important decision I have taken. It was a decision that I needed to take in a time when I was passing through spiritual dryness in my life. Although this spiritual dryness was a difficult time to live, it brought me closer to God… to the loving Father. After all, I was in search and seeking for the truth… ‘What is life all about?’.

Ever since I decided to follow Jesus, to commit my life to Him, to change my life, to be formed in my faith and to evangelize, Christ has always strengthened me in my faith and provided the required grace to overcome any other kind of spiritual dryness. In today’s society it is not easy to proclaim the truth and speak out about my faith and what the risen Lord has done in my life. It does not matter for me what unbelievers think about me… or for those who have a different opinion from me with regards to morality, ethics, values etc. I am a Christian and I proclaim what Christ teaches and I am not ashamed at all for following Jesus.

What is important for me is that while I continue to deepen my faith in the love of God and continue to have this personal experience with Jesus… in the same time I try to also share His love to other people. Of course, such Good News is not always well received or not received at all by certain people… but I have experienced that the Good News, after all is far more received by people.

Whenever a person decides to follow Christ, one is not to be ashamed. I am not ashamed of following Christ… and I hope that neither are you.

In Unity,

George Calleja – Malta

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Monthly Reflection April 2018 ‘Who is really poor?’

Recently, I was reminded of a particular passage from the Bible which upon meditating on it I realized and understood more of who is ‘really poor’!! I meditated upon the following passage from Mark 12:41-44, Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

The above passage made me realize more and understand that it is not the lack of money, food, clothes, career, education etc. that makes a person really poor, but the lack of loving one’s neighbor and giving oneself to others to help the needy. The poor woman as Mark recounts, for sure became poorer by giving out everything she had that is the few cents for the offerings, but for sure became richer in her spiritual life. This woman who was a widow, through her gesture, in her simplicity of life, in a humble way, for sure trusted in God. She was not after the treasures that life presents, but she was focused on doing God’s will, even though being a poor lady.

This passage is very true even in todays time. Who is really poor? A person could really be poor as not being wealthy and not having the basic things in life for a good quality of life. On the other hand, it is also true that a person could be poor because in one’s spiritual life the person lacks this personal experience of Jesus… of experiencing God as the loving Father. So, who is really poor?

I would rather be like the poor widow as described by Mark. I prefer to be poor without treasures and possessions on this earth, but to be rich in my spiritual life by following Jesus, to love my neighbor and to seek the kingdom in heaven. Are you poor in your spiritual life… in your relationship with Jesus?

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – March 2018 – ‘The Cross… is the way to Salvation’

Every person carries a different cross in life. This cross can easily burden a person’s life. For certain people the cross means only something negative such as a particular experience, loss of a dear family member or friend, being homeless, being a sick person, being a drug addict.

The cross in itself is not something pleasant to have and live with. The cross has another dimension in it which every person needs to discover. The Cross… is the way to Salvation. Jesus died on the Cross to bring Salvation to all people, to all nations.

It is not easy to accept the cross in life. But, it is possible to live the cross through the grace and love of Jesus. This is possible through a personal relationship with Jesus. A relationship that overcomes any cross in one’s life, a relationship that focus on Salvation.

By truly living the cross through His grace, a person can show the love of Christ to other people. This can be done by appreciating someone who visits you while being sick or receiving a phone call for encouragement. A homeless person can give a smile to a person providing food or clothes. The cross is an opportunity to receive hope, love, care, comfort, material goods from other persons and also for the person carrying the cross to reciprocate through prayer, a smile and thanking the other person.

The strength to carry a cross is only through Jesus. One is to trust in Him, have hope in Him, and to always remember that the Cross… is the way to Salvation.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – February 2018 – ‘Draw your strength from His love’

In today’s world one hears a lot of people who are not at peace with their lives. For different reasons they struggle to find happiness, to be happy, to appreciate of what they have… their lives seem to be falling apart.

It is unfortunate what these people pass through and how difficult their lives could be. These people need to know of a reality which they might have missed in their lives… an opportunity to really be a happy person, to be able to appreciate the things which one has and above all to live a life in peace.

From my experience, I describe life in four simple words… ‘To be with Jesus’. Since I have been with Jesus, that is of changing my life and following Him… my life has become different.

Like anyone else, I do face different problems in life, but the fact that I am with Jesus, I have built this personal relationship with Him, while the problems of life are overcome through His cross. In return I experience happiness, peace and appreciate everything in life, even when facing different problems and difficulties.

The secret to be with Jesus, is that every day I draw my strength through His love. This is achieved through prayer, listening to His Word, receiving the Eucharist, meditating upon His Word, and above all by loving my neighbour.

So, let go of all the worldly things. Follow Him and draw your strength through His Love.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – January 2018 – ‘Be encouraged’

Over the years I have met many people who feel that they are not worthy of God’s love. For some reason, these people might have passed through a difficult experience in their lives, with the consequence of not experiencing Jesus in a personal way.

On many occasions over these years I remember these people and share a prayer for them. My simple prayer for these people is that they receive the grace from God, to turn to Him, and experience His Son Jesus in a personal way. All I want to say to these people is ‘Be encouraged’  for God loves you in a personal way.

Every person is worthy to be loved by God, to experience His love, to experience Jesus in a personal way. All sinners are to go to Jesus… that means all of us! Jesus is waiting for us to take us to the loving Father and be embraced by Him and feel His comfort… His forgiveness.

The reason for sharing this, is because I have experienced Jesus in a personal way, and He has accepted me as I am, He cleansed me, He moulded me and through Jesus I also experienced the Father, the Holy Spirit… the Trinity.

So, ‘Be encouraged’, let go of the past, let go of sin, and follow Jesus. I am sure you will not be disappointed… but will be a fulfilled person through His love.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – December 2017 – ‘This Christmas… Jesus wants to be in our heart’

Christmas is here once again. Another year has nearly ended. During this year, everybody lived different experiences. Experiences that brought happiness to our lives. Experiences that brought sadness to our lives. Experiences that could have increased our faith in the loving Father, or experiences that affected negatively our faith.

This Christmas… Jesus wants to be in our heart. No matter what experiences we have lived through during this year, Jesus always loves us in a personal way and wants to be in our heart. This Christmas… Jesus wants to give each one of us a special gift… the gift of forgiveness, of reconciliation, of peace.

This gift, is for all mankind. This gift, is for all of society. If each person had to really practice forgiveness and reconciliation, peace will reign. There would be peace in our families, at our work place, within the political environment, peace between different religions… there would be peace in the world.

For peace to take place in the world, Jesus is required to be in our hearts. Jesus wants to live in our hearts. Jesus in our hearts would make the person filled with love, with comfort… filled with happiness. If only, every person would accept this gift from Jesus of being in our heart… society would resemble paradise.

This Christmas… let Jesus be in your heart.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – November 2017 – ‘We are to live like Mary’

Mary, the mother of Jesus, wept upon seeing her Son dying on the Cross. Mary, embraced that particular moment of suffering, of seeing Her Son covered in blood, dead, but knowing that the Cross would bring the Salvation to all humanity.

In her suffering, Mary, as a mother accepted the will of the Father, that of being the Mother of Jesus. In her silence, she suffered, but that suffering was ‘nothing’, knowing that Salvation was only possible through the Cross… the Cross that reaped the joy of Salvation.

Today, Mary is still with us. We are to imitate Mary in our lives, to bring that source of love, comfort and forgiveness which Mary presented to the world in a humble way, and to give it to society.

We are to present Mary, through our life, in our families, at school, at university, at our workplace, in parliament, and wherever we are and with whomever we are with. Mary is to be present in our society, by presenting Jesus as the Saviour of humanity.

As much as we are to know Jesus in a personal way, so to show us the way to Salvation, we are also to know Mary in our lives. Discovering Mary, is discovering the treasure of love. Her love was of doing the will of the Father, not only of being the Mother of Jesus… but of being the Mother of all humanity.

Today, Mary, wants us to return to Jesus. Today, Mary, is praying for humanity… for our society. Today, we are to live like Mary.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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